Texas Tech University

Texas Tech alumna empowers clients to achieve their financial dreams

By Ashley Brister, College of Human Sciences Marketing and Communications

Laurie Belew receives two honorable distinctions in her financial planning career.

Laurie BelewAlumna Laurie Belew has been named to FA Magazine's 10 Young Advisers to Watch as well as Investment Advisor's 25 Most Influential People.

Laurie received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Finance with a minor in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 2001. Laurie completed a dual graduate degree from Texas Tech with a M.S. in Personal Financial Planning (PFP) and an MBA in 2006. Laurie currently is a Certified Financial Planner® at FJY Financial.

"I wanted to work with families to help them gain peace of mind about their finances. It is extremely fulfilling to be able to impact others in a positive way. Being able to empower someone to do what they have dreamt of or being there to help a family through some of life's difficult times makes this work meaningful."

Upon receiving the honorable awards, Laurie says she was excited about the distinctions.

"It is encouraging that the work I have been so passionate about is making an impact and is recognized as valuable by others Now I have to live up to those expectations, which is extremely humbling, as well!"

Laurie comments how her experiences with the College of Human Sciences have impacted her today.

"Without a doubt, the most impactful part of my Texas Tech education has been the network of alumni, faculty, and friends of the PFP program. That network provides encouragement, support, valuable resources, and just enough competition to make sure I keep pushing myself! I cannot overstate the reach of the Tech PFP alumni network. It is so fun to keep in touch with alumni wherever I go."

Laurie says that the financial planning industry provides a diverse set of opportunities, most notably; the chance to impact lives and the ability to become an entrepreneur.

Laurie offers young alumni and students a piece of advice.

"Be intentional about actively engaging in the profession. We all need to understand and master our job role, but the opportunity to set yourself apart comes when you find ways to contribute beyond expectations. Do not just sit back and wait to be told what to do; rather, show initiative, be inquisitive, and find ways to expand your network."